Celebrating the life of Sara L. Johnson
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Sara was educated in the Nottoway School System. In hopes to find a career for herself to support her young children she traveled to New York to pursue her beautician license. On September 25, 1955, she achieved her goal and received her beautician license from The DeFran’s School of Beauty Culture in Jamaica, N.Y.
Sara began a long distance romance with a childhood friend, Harvey A. Johnson, who soon after became the love of her life. Harvey and Sara were married in 1962 and resided in Baltimore. The two not only became partners in marriage but became partners in business as well. They opened, owned and operated Johnson’s Barber Shop and Sara’s Beauty Nook on the corner of Wolf and Federal Streets in Baltimore City. They became the neighborhood go-to place to get all your barber and beauty needs in the communities they served.
In addition to serving their communities together they also served the Lord together. They both were members of the Mount Zion Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Mark A. Riddix where they served on numerous church boards.
In 1989, Sara unfortunately lost the love of her life, Harvey, but Sara decided to continue to service the beauty needs of the women of the community. To keep her company, Sara’s sister, Elsie, came from New York to stay with her.
In 1995, Sara decided to hang up her beauty supplies and move back to her hometown Blackstone, VA with her sister Elsie to be close to friends and family. Sara loved to have family and friends come to visit and fellowship over a big meal that she and Elsie would prepare.
Upon moving back to Blackstone Sara returned to the New Prospect Baptist Church where she was a devoted member of the choir, and a deaconess. She loved to praise and worship the Lord.
After a full life, 0n January 13, 2020 Sara went home to be with the Lord whom she trusted with all her heart and soul.
Sara was preceded in death by her siblings Charlie (Naomi), Vincent, Robert (Mary) and Elsie Harris. Grandson; Andrew “Drew” Ford Jr and Nephew; Robert L Harris Jr.
Sara leaves to cherish her memory, her devoted son, James H. Davis Jr. (Shirley) and loving daughter, Myra A. Ford (Andrew), Sister Mary White, Granddaughters; Jacqueline A. Davis- Ollie (Clint) and Erica C. Davis; Granddaughter-in-law, Angela Ford; Great -Grandchildren; Chanel C. Douglas (Carlos), , Andrea Ford, Arielle Ford, Aaliyah Ford, April Ford, Tatum C. Reese, Jamison D. Reese, and Maxwell J. Frierson; Great-Great Granddaughters; Christianna J. Douglas, Cassidy A. Douglas and a host of other nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral Services Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 1;00 P.M. at New Prospect Baptist Church, Blackstone. Interment Harris Family Cemetery.
W.E. Hawkes & Son Funeral Home of Blackstone in charge of arrangements.
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